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A missing Army soldier confided in her mother that she was being sexually harassed by a sergeant and felt unsafe at the base just weeks before vanishing.
Vanessa Guillen, 20, was last seen on Apr. 22 in the parking lot of her headquarters in Fort Hood, Texas. All her keys, her identification card, and wallet were later found in an armory room where she was working earlier that day, according to an April release from the Fort Hood Press Center.
Guillen’s mother, Gloria Guillen, told CrimeOnline that before her daughter vanished, Vanessa expressed to her that she felt unsafe at Fort Hood. She even felt like the base was “evil,” and she was suffering from sleeping troubles for the first time.
Gloria attributed much of these feelings to a sergeant who Vanessa claimed had been sexually harassing her.
“[Vanessa] said it was stalking and verbal harassment. He would look at her [in] some type of way that would make any woman feel uncomfortable,” Gloria told Crime Online in a story published Tuesday. Gloria, who speaks Spanish, relayed the information through her daughter Mayra Guillen, who translated for her.
The worried mother explained that Vanessa refused to give her the sergeant’s name when pressed just weeks before her disappearance. Gloria told her daughter she wanted her to report the incident but Vanessa insisted she would handle it herself.
“She [Vanessa] told her [Gloria] she wanted to take care of it,” Mayra told CrimeOnline. “Well, now look at [what] happened.”
Gloria also told the outlet that she doesn’t trust the military investigators and wants the FBI to investigate her daughter’s disappearance instead.
Fort Hood has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
The Army is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for credible tips that lead to Guillen. Anyone with any information is urged to call Army CID Special Agents at 254-495-7767 or the Military Police Desk at 254-287-4001.
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